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  • Fat Tom Posts: 120
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    13 Sep 2018 08:43 AM
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    hey, all the penny has finally dropped, I have never been the sharpest tool in the shed and when I asked a forum member some time ago about rims for my bike I was told the 07 fatty came out with an offset front wheel. It's just that I never understood what that meant until yesterday when I looked and saw my front fender not sitting squarely in the middle of the forks. I have been asking about the harsh wear to the RH side of the front tyre and the same answer I get from everyone is the camber of the road. It's just that when I look at other bikes none of them show the same extreme wear as mine. So am I correct in assuming the cause of my wear is a combination of the bike riding up the road like a crab and road camber?  The fact that I was very lucky to have bought an 07 spec bike with this marvellous upgrade was certainly a bonus not. Harley Davidson must be the only bike manufacturer in the world that doesn't centre their front wheel ( the rear is offset too I believe). I have read this is the only year they did this and that the 2018 fatty has had it reintroduced?
  • Muzza Wa Posts: 220
    Stock Poster Muzza Wa
    29 Sep 2018 05:14 AM
    Wow! Why would they do that? Seems this was an oddball on the ‘07, but also on the old rockers.  Rear wheel is also off!
  • fatbat Posts: 2677
    Forum Legend fatbat
    29 Sep 2018 08:47 AM
    Quoting Fat Tom on 13 Sep 2018 08:43 AMedited: 13 Sep 2018 09:27 AM
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    hey, all the penny has finally dropped, I have never been the sharpest tool in the shed and when I asked a forum member some time ago about rims for my bike I was told the 07 fatty came out with an offset front wheel. It's just that I never understood what that meant until yesterday when I looked and saw my front fender not sitting squarely in the middle of the forks. I have been asking about the harsh wear to the RH side of the front tyre and the same answer I get from everyone is the camber of the road. It's just that when I look at other bikes none of them show the same extreme wear as mine. So am I correct in assuming the cause of my wear is a combination of the bike riding up the road like a crab and road camber?  The fact that I was very lucky to have bought an 07 spec bike with this marvellous upgrade was certainly a bonus not. Harley Davidson must be the only bike manufacturer in the world that doesn't centre their front wheel ( the rear is offset too I believe). I have read this is the only year they did this and that the 2018 fatty has had it reintroduced?
    I had a 2007 fatboy with the offset front wheel. It didn't make a difference in terms of handling or tyre wear. Something else must be going on. 
  • binnsy Posts: 686
    Performance Poster binnsy
    29 Sep 2018 09:36 AM
    Got same bike and no abnormal wear on the front tyre, seems to handle okay as well.  ??
  • Fat Tom Posts: 120
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    29 Sep 2018 01:22 PM
    I just had to change the front tyre after 8850kms last one before that was around 10000km. Just had its 40k service done and I asked if it could be wheel bearings /fork oil /fork springs/rear wheel alignment. the answer is its just standard road camber wear. I just accept that I'm going to replace the front tyre more often. I keep on top of tyre pressure at 38psi and am now trying 40psi to see if that make a difference. Handling wise it is fine and everyone else who has ridden it says the same thing. Maybe the bike has been pranged and repaired and its bent out of shape? although I can see no evidence of that. I might add that those kms are mostly country highway kms with very little city riding.
  • robnicko Posts: 223
    vic
    Stock Poster robnicko
    05 Oct 2018 02:14 PM
    Quoting Fat Tom on 29 Sep 2018 01:22 PMedited: 29 Sep 2018 11:45 PM
    I just had to change the front tyre after 8850kms last one before that was around 10000km. Just had its 40k service done and I asked if it could be wheel bearings /fork oil /fork springs/rear wheel alignment. the answer is its just standard road camber wear. I just accept that I'm going to replace the front tyre more often. I keep on top of tyre pressure at 38psi and am now trying 40psi to see if that make a difference. Handling wise it is fine and everyone else who has ridden it says the same thing. Maybe the bike has been pranged and repaired and its bent out of shape? although I can see no evidence of that. I might add that those kms are mostly country highway kms with very little city riding.
    your bike has not been pranged. It was something they did when the 200mm rear tire came out Ive read to believe. 
    It was corrected in 08
    There is lots of info about it on the US forums as some had the mud guard scrape on the trim when the spring compressed

    jack up front and loosen wheel nuts, make sure the forks are free and not pushed in against the wheel which may cause binding of the forks resulting in one being slightly longer than the other. This can cause a slight tilt in the wheel





  • Fat Tom Posts: 120
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    06 Oct 2018 11:03 AM
    Thanks robnicko, when I changed over this tyre I took my time refitting and it went back in smooth. Will keep an eye on it 
    Ta Fat Tom
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